The meat in Aldi is amazingly affordable.
In fact, the “Fresh Meat Special Buy” deals almost seem too good to be true, causing us to wonder… how does Aldi make the meat so affordable? Aldi customers have reaped the benefits of low-cost but high-quality meat.
Aldi Supermarkets were founded in 1946 by two brothers, Karl and Theodore Albrecht, when they took over their mother’s store in Essen, Germany.
“Aldi is the common brand of two German family owned discount supermarket chains with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries, and an estimated combined turnover of more than €50 billion.”
In 1966, Aldi was split up into two companies, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. In the United States, these two companies have over 1,600 stores which include the popular Trader Joe’s grocery stores.
So how does Aldi offer cheap meats? Aldi keeps things on the small side. This includes how many employees they have working and the number of products they have on the shelf.
They don’t carry fancy cuts of meat. This keeps their inventory at a minimum which lowers overhead and lessens the chance of unsold products going to waste.
Aldi chooses to buy meat from regional farms. That means less travel to pay for if the meat supply was located hundreds of miles away.
Aldi also avoids stocking big band names. They use lesser-known brands as well as sell their own brands. And anyone who shops at Trader Joe’s knows, the house brand is a special part of the experience.
Tom Cindel, Adli’s Director of Operations, offers this about brand names …
“If you’re hell-bent on having a certain brand, you may not find that, but what we’re offering is the same quality or better. And we tested for that incredibly carefully.”
Aldi doesn’t have an in-store butcher. At Aldi, you won’t get your meat cut to your specifications, but you will save money when you pay at checkout.
Supermarket butchers start at around $30k a year, and since Aldi doesn’t have that expense, they pass the savings on to you.
Tom Cindel says, “Behind the scenes of traditional grocery stores, everything you do gets added to the cost of the product. Operating a deli or pharmacy is built into the price of that – but not at Aldi.”
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